Liverpool v West Ham United
Liverpool will certainly be with out Dejan Lovren, whereas new signing Fabinho is a doubt due to sickness.
Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson will make his Premier League debut, as ought to midfielder Naby Keita.
West Ham may give debuts to a number of summer time recruits, together with midfielders Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Carlos Sanchez.
Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko is struggling to be match due to ongoing hip and thigh points.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@Wilsonfooty: Are Liverpool lastly the true deal? On condition that we all know simply how formidable they’re going ahead – and given simply how lengthy they have been craving a top-class goalkeeper – the signing of Alisson from Roma is the peg on which title optimism is being hung.
If Virgil van Dijk can proceed to ooze authority to these round him on the again – and with Keita, Fabinho and Shaqiri greater than compensating for the lack of Emre Can – the Reds would seem to have few weaknesses.
West Ham must also be happy with their large summer time overhaul, together with 10 new signings. With Manuel Pellegrini providing the form of attacking intuition which Hammers followers deem to be their birthright, there ought to be a a lot better marketing campaign forward.
Nevertheless, Sunday might not be their day.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp: “We’ve to be in a championship mode. We bounce into the water and we dive till we do not have oxygen anymore. That is the plan. Lots of people assume due to the switch window we are going to [challenge more] – however that is not how it’s.
“Metropolis – the champions – haven’t misplaced a participant and introduced in Mahrez. They have been spectacular in opposition to Chelsea, each side have been. We’re nonetheless Rocky Balboa and never Ivan Drago. We have to need extra and combat extra. That have to be our perspective.”
West Ham supervisor Manuel Pellegrini: “I’ll attempt to play attacking soccer and rating loads of targets as a result of, all through my profession, I’ve at all times been a supervisor who performs offensive soccer and tries to assault. However to assault, you should defend very nicely additionally, so we have to be a balanced group.
“Final season, they’d one of many worst defences within the Premier League, so this yr we are going to attempt to be balanced whereas at all times considering that we wish to rating one objective greater than the opposition.”
Each of those groups have had a busy summer time within the switch market and, after struggling final season, West Ham have gotten to be aiming for the highest 10 this time.
I believe the Reds will push Metropolis for the title this season and I’m backing them to start with a win.
- Liverpool have gained the final three league conferences, scoring 4 targets on every event.
- West Ham have solely recorded one win at Anfield of their final 45 top-flight visits (D12, L32), a 3-Zero victory in August 2015.
- Liverpool have been unbeaten at Anfield final season within the league (W12, D7), scoring 45 targets and conceding simply 10.
- Their final two season openers have produced 13 targets – a 4-Three win over Arsenal two years in the past and a 3-Three draw with Watford final August.
- Sadio Mane has scored as soon as and offered three assists in his final three Premier League video games for Liverpool in opposition to West Ham.
- Mane can change into the primary Liverpool participant to attain in three consecutive opening top-flight matches since John Barnes between 1989 and 1991.
- Mohamed Salah has three targets and one help in two league appearances in opposition to West Ham.
West Ham United
- West Ham solely gained three away video games final season (D6, L10).
- The Hammers have misplaced their season-opening Premier League sport on 11 events, greater than another facet.
- Marko Arnautovic has scored 11 targets and offered 5 assists in his final 20 Premier League appearances.
- Manuel Pellegrini has suffered 4 Premier League defeats to Liverpool, greater than in opposition to another opponent.
- Pellegrini has additionally misplaced all three of his league fixtures at Anfield – twice in opposition to Brendan Rodgers and as soon as versus Jurgen Klopp.